Dipti peeped from over her cubicle repentantly as the once exuberant Kunal hung his head low and silently walked over to his workstation. She had been jubilant when her seniors had almost sacked him on her coaxing. However, she had let a personal grudge overshadow her professional behaviour and that was highly intolerable.
It happened a week ago. Her team had worked crazy hours for three months and met impossible deadlines, finally. Their project was extended and they had pocketed a handsome incentive for their hard work.
After a cake-cutting ceremony at work they took their celebrations to a newly-opened pub nearby. Glasses clinked and copious amounts of alcohol made its way into their system. Dipti, inebriated and infatuated, cornered an unsuspecting Kunal and surreptitiously planted a kiss on his lips. He politely backed out, impressing upon her that he was in a committed relationship.
Hurt and embarrassed, next day a spiteful Dipti filed a sexual harassment case against Kunal and demanded his removal. His defence and pleas went unheard; however he was allowed to continue, pending investigations. The news spread like wildfire.
Remorsefully, she walked up to him and in full view of everyone started with, “I’m sorry, Kunal.”
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